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COVID cases in Travis County are showing early signs of decreasing with cases plateauing at a seven-day moving average of 72.

ICU patients have also gone slightly down from last week, but are still exceeding capacity with 220 patients for a capacity of 200. At 81%, most of those hospitalized with COVID are unvaccinated, health officials said at a joint Travis County Commissioners Court and Austin City Council meeting.

A big concern for health authorities has been pediatric cases as schools resume classes. There were two pediatric admissions into the ICU this past week in Travis County with one death over the weekend. Fifteen kids are currently hospitalized in the 11-county Central Texas region.

Cases in schools have gone up "tremendously" in the past week. There have been 817 COVID cases in Travis County schools with 67 clusters identified.

"We should not stop our efforts as a community to keep our numbers going down by masking, social distancing, staying home when sick and encouraging vaccination," said Dr. Desmar Wakes, Austin's health authority.


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